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VADM  ROBERT  E. KIRKSEY , USN
VADM ROBERT E. KIRKSEY , USN

VADM ROBERT E. KIRKSEY , USN
1930 - 2006


Born in Atlanta, GA  Robert E. Kirksey delivered newspapers, was a member of YMCA's Leaders Club and lettered in swimming. He attended Michigan State univ, and entered the Navy as an aviation cadet, winning his wings in 1953. 

    Date of designation: 20 May 1953    NA#T-3331
    Date of active duty: 31 Oct 1951      Sept. 30, 1986 
    Total flight hours:     4,300
    Carrier.Ship Landings: Fixed wing 510
    Approximate Flight Hours: Jet: 3800  prop:500
    
    Combat Tours: Total 242 Combat Missions 
    VietNam/Laos: VA-195 (A4C) Nov. 1964-Dec. 1964
    Vietnam: VA-55 (A4c) May 1967-Dec. 1967 
    Vietnam: VA-55 (A4F) May 1968-Dec. 1968 

    Aviation Commands 
    CO, VA-55, October 1967-Dec.1968 
    CO, USS Cleveland (LPD-7, October 1972-Oct. 1973 
    CO, USS Kittyhawk (CV-63)  Nov. 1973-May 1975 
    
    Combat Awards: Silver Star Medal 
                               4 Distinguished Flying Crosses 
                               Bronze star medal with Combat "V" 
                               24 Air Medals (21 Strike/Flight and 4 Individual) 
                               4 Navy Commendation Medals with Combat "V" 
                               Combat Action Ribbon

    VADM Robert E. Kirksey is survived by his wife Viola and their four children, Jennifer,    
    Robert E. Jr., Gregg and Andrew
     

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